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Evangelist hopes to do more for China
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14:59, May 10, 2008

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Evangelist Franklin Graham said in Beijing on Friday that he wants his organizations to become more involved in China.

The CEO of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, established by and named after his father, and the international Christian relief organization Samaritan's Purse, said he wanted to see the groups working not only on humanitarian projects in remote areas, but also alongside churches in China.

Franklin, whose mother was born in China and whose grandparents worked as medics in the country for 25 years, was speaking at a press briefing in the capital.

He is on his first visit to China as head of the organizations and over the past two days has met with church leaders and officials.

In January, representatives of Samaritan's Purse helped with relief efforts in South China following the most severe snowstorms in a decade.

Over the past 20 years, China's economic landscape and its religious policy have changed considerably, Graham said.

He first visited the country with his parents in 1988.

"The government of China is recognizing more and more that religious freedom is important, and is seeing the value of personal faith," he said.

Graham will visit Hangzhou, Nanjing and Shanghai.

Source: China Daily

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